The Best FREE App to Quickly Catalog Your Personal Library

The Best FREE App to Quickly Catalog Your Personal Library without stress!   Yesterday, I needed to put some books away and our bookshelves were overstuffed and disorganized so I dropped all other non-essential tasks from my plans and committed to organizing our "library." I've been wanting to use an app to scan all the books we own and create a spreadsheet detailing what we have and where it's located so this was the perfect opportunity do both. When I set my mind to a task, it's gotta happen THAT day. I don't allow time for a huge learning curve, etc. The end product will be what it will be, but it will be done. I googled "best app to catalog a  personal library" and read a few blogs. I'm not stupid, but I am impatient. I tried several apps, only the free versions. Several had such great write-ups I was tempted to buy the "pro" version when the free version was lacking and I am so glad I didn't.  They all had problems and I wasn't able to quickly figure o…
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Using Recipes in your Family Histories

    It's planting season again and gardening, cooking, and canning are in my DNA.   I garden and can for pleasure but my ancestors gardened and canned out of necessity.   Here's how my father-in-law described it. "Grandma and Grandpa didn’t have an easy life. They had a garden in Gunnison they used to work day and night. They needed to grow enough in that garden to live year round. Other than a little meat they purchased, they lived off the garden. I don’t remember them having pigs or chickens or animals of any kind. They grew all kinds of potatoes and fruit trees and everything they could grow they harvested themselves. They had a big storage shelter down in the ground with wood around it and dirt on the top and they stored all this food down there to last through the winter."   Rather than feel sorry for my ancestors and their plight (which I do), I'm going to record and share the memories of these ancestors who lived off the land and the w…
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Faraday Bags to Protect Your Digital Files from Solar Storms and EMPs

Or "That One Weird Thing I Do." In December, I blogged about my huge digitizing push before RootsTech. I'm only a third of the way through digitizing but I do have a tip to share with anyone who likes to prepare for all the unknowns.   Faraday bags for your backup drives. Faraday bags are specialized bags that can protect electronic devices from damaging Solar Storms and Electromagnetic Pulses (EMPs).       What's a Solar Storm? If you Google an up-close image of our Sun, you'll see that it's one big explosive fusion reaction and that "Every so often, a patch of particles will burst from the sun in a solar flare, which can disrupt satellite communications and knock out power on Earth." In 1859, the largest recorded Solar Storm occurred that damaged telegraph lines and even shocked telegraph operators.  National Geographic has a nice article explaining the event and comparing the effects of a similar event in our present day and age. In 1989, th…
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